my education


March 3, 2017
Headbump Records
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Playing 20 shows in 21 days in Europe in the spring of 2013 had a profound effect on my education. The band was exposed to so much, and coupling this experience with regular North American touring since 1999, they realized they had done quite a bit of traveling. As they began work on their new album with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead, Patty Griffin) at Public Hi-Fi studios in Austin, TX in spring 2015, a series of themes began to emerge on the pieces they’d composed for the record. The music seemed to be expressing feelings of paranoia, loss, longing, fear, and the desire to escape. There was a sense oftravel, statelessness, moving from point to point, vagabondage… in short: a transient existence, almost like a series of stranded waveforms. The cinematic instrumental music of my education can be interpreted in any number of ways, since music is an international language. Repeated listens to the band’s new album Schiphol will reveal this sense of weightlessness, of timeless beauty, a flashing moment in time crystallized by the kinetic lightning storms the band experienced in the studio while recording the album’s heaviest song, “Krampus.” Join my education on this epic journey.

my education regularly tours the US and has shared the stage with A Place to Bury Strangers, Kinski, Bardo Pond, Dalek, The Black Angels, The Sea and Cake, Warpaint, Alexander Hacke/Algis Kizys duo, the Psychedelic Furs, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, This Will Destroy You, Sleepy Sun, White Denim, Radar Bros., Eluvium, Sian Alice Group, Don Caballero, Trans Am and many others.  Additionally, my education has joined Maserati and the Red Sparowes on multi-date regional tours.

The band’s collaboration with Houston’s NobleMotion Dance Company premiered with three sold out shows in 2011 at Ballet Austin. A second collaboration in late 2013 sold out two shows at Houston’s Hobby Center.  The band has also recently completed the score to a new film by CM Talkington, director of the cult classic “Love and a 45”, entitled “Mud, Mules and Mountains.” The new film, which tells the story of the invasion of Italy by the raw recruits of the Texas 36th Infantry Division in 1943, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015 and is currently working the film festival circuit.

my education’s previous albums include 5 PopesItalian, Moody DipperBad Vibrations, Sunrise, and A Drink for All My Friends. Recordings have been remixed by members of bands Kinski, Pelican, the Red Sparowes and Dalek.  A remastered edition of my education’s debut LP 5 Popes was released on Beat Imprint Records in 2013.

“This Austin sextet expands on the arc-riff grandeur or local travelers Explosions in the Sky with John Cale-like viola and simple, rising melodies that take you way up and out. My surprise find at SXSW this year, My Education is advanced ecstasy." – David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

"The group introduces stately melodies, often topped by violin, and then cycles through them, building variations by small increments from within — an additional cymbal crash here, a tremolo there, some slowly dawning feedback, some thickening keyboard chords — until the music looms as monumental, even overwhelming.  Patience becomes a detonator." – Jon Pareles, New York Times